Olive Garden Coming to Washington County

Olive Garden Coming to Washington County

The Valley Mall has announced it will be building and opening an Olive Garden Italian Restaurant. Construction is scheduled to begin on the project in 2007 and the restaurant is expected to open its doors to-be-determined, but no later than 2008.
The Olive Garden will be built on the present site of the Firestone Tire and Service Center. A new Firestone is being constructed behind the mall near the Country Inn and Suites. Once the Firestone business has relocated to its new facility, the existing building will be torn down and the Olive Garden Restaurant will be built.
Tim Troxell is the Executive Director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, "This is very exciting news. The Olive Garden will be a great new restaurant, and a wonderful addition to the amenities in Washington County." Troxell welcomed not only the new restaurant jobs, but also construction jobs created by the project.
Debbie Everhart is the City of Hagerstown's Economic Development Coordinator, and she also welcomed the project, "Both Tim Troxell and I consistently field phone calls from area residents, wondering when we're going to get an Olive Garden Restaurant in our community. In fact, it's probably one of the most frequent requests we hear."
According to Valley Mall Assistant General Manager Julie Rohm, "We've actually been working on this project for a number of years, and now that all the approvals are complete, we're thrilled to be able to make this announcement. The Valley Mall is moving forward with plans to continue to be the premier shopping and dining destination along the I-81 Corridor."
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed the news. "Washington County is rich in history and heritage, but also in providing shopping and culinary opportunities. We're very glad to hear that the Valley Mall has moved forward with this investment, and is building an Olive Garden. I'm sure that visitors and residents alike will appreciate having this additional dining choice," said Tom Riford the President of the CVB.
Olive Garden Restaurants take pride in providing every guest with a genuine Italian dining experience. The restaurants offer fresh, simple, delicious Italian food, accompanied by wine, and served in a comfortable, home-like Italian setting. Everyone is welcomed in the traditional Italian way, as family and friends, thus the motto, "When you're here, you're family."
Founded in 1982, Olive Garden is owned by Darden Restaurants, Inc., the largest casual dining company in the world. There are more than 580 Olive Garden Restaurants in North America, employing more than 70,000 people. The average annual sales are $4.6 million per restaurant. Olive Garden attributes much of its success to its commitment to training and developing restaurant team members with initiatives, such as weeklong manager visits to Olive Garden's Culinary Institute of Tuscany in Italy and more than 500,000 training hours invested in wine education.
The Valley Mall is a Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) Property. PREIT owns malls such as Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Md., and Chambersburg Mall in nearby Chambersburg, Pa.